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Pathologist: Prince's Death 'Bordered On Homicide'

A forensic pathologist has said that he believes music artist Prince may have taken a painkiller laced with the drug Fentanyl before his death, calling it "a tragic accident bordering on homicide."

Dr. Michael Hunter looked into the musician's April 16, 2015, death for a film in the "Autopsy" series, according to RTE. Hunter said that he believed Prince was taking percocet to deal with drug withdrawal, and didn't realize that he had accidentally taken the fentanyl-laced medication.

According to Hunter, Prince may have been suffering from drug withdrawal for around a week before he died, judging from symptoms that the star's personal chef noted.

"I think that Prince probably didn't know that the pills he took that night had fentanyl in them," said Hunter in the film. "I believe Prince died from a tragic accident bordering on homicide."

"The fever, nausea and cramps that he was experiencing, according to the chef, may have caused him to relapse and reach for what he thought was a familiar painkiller," he added.

A local coroner determined the singer's cause of death as a fentanyl overdose. Painkillers were found in Prince's compound at Paisley Park, Minnesota.

Hunter theorized that Prince obtained the painkillers illegally, since he did not have a prescription for them.

Another recent theory that has emerged about the singer's death came from his ex-girlfriend, Anna Garcia, also known as Anna Fantastic, who said she feared that Prince was battling with Alzheimer's before his death, the Toronto Sun reports.

Garcia said that Prince kept his struggle with the disease private, but she found out about it during his funeral.

"I heard from a family member that he may have had early onset Alzheimer's ... and he was having problems even remembering certain parts on the guitar," said Garcia in the "Autopsy" documentary.

"That would definitely be devastating and he definitely wouldn't be able to take that," she added.

A man alleged to be Prince's ex-drug dealer, identified only as Dr. D, said that he once provided the singer with drugs, Daily Mail reports.

"I first met Prince in 1984 while he was filming the movie 'Purple Rain' and he was already majorly addicted to opiates -- I didn't hook him on drugs he was already a really heavy user," said Doctor D. "He needed the drugs because he was so nervous -- he could be nervous in a room with just five people in it."

"He was scared to go out in public, he was scared to talk to people and didn't like to go on stage -- he had the worst case of stage fright I'd ever seen," added the man. "A lot of performers rely on drugs to make them feel confident on stage but he was by far the worst."

"Plus he was always paranoid about doctors so he wouldn't ask them for help -- he had a phobia of them," he said.

Sources: RTE, Daily Mail, Toronto Sun / Photo credit: Scott Penner/Flickr

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